Before the universe came to be, before the heavens were called forth with stars and moons, there was the great dance of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit.
Before the earth was carved in infinite beauty and human life was fashioned with style and grace and glory, before there was anything, there was the great dance of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. In staggering and lavish love, this God determined to open the circle and share the Trinitarian life with others.
As an act of mind-boggling and astounding philanthropy, the Father, Son and Spirit chose to create human beings and share the great dance with them. It was never intended that the fulfillment of this plan would be left in Adam’s hands or ours.
From the beginning, from before the beginning, the gift was given in and through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:8-9). He was always destined to come and work out our adoption (Ephesians 1:3-5). And that is what happened. The Son of God stepped out of eternity into history and carried out the eternal purpose of God for us (Ephesians 3: 11). Jesus has done it.
We have been blessed, Paul tells us, with every conceivable blessing in Jesus Christ. The very life of the Triune God, the communion and fellowship, the eternal joy and fullness and glory of the Father, Son and Spirit have been given to us. The great dance is now ours, as much as it is God’s. It is the invisible river running through our lives and through all things. The beauty of a given morning, the smile of a daughter saying everything that needs to be said, a cup of coffee with an old friend, the passion of love, the peace of fishing in the shadows of a dying day. It is all poetry in motion – the great dance being played out through the scenes of our lives.
The above is an excerpt from The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited (Pages 87-88)
In this video clip author Dr. C. Baxter Kruger discusses the popular ideas about God that spring from Greek philosophy in contrast to the God revealed in Jesus Christ through the gospel.
Christian Book Summaries gives an excellent
overview in this free 5 page PDF document.
The Book’s Purpose
- Explore who God really is and rediscover His love, passion, joy, fellowship,and creativity
- Understand your inclusion in the fellowship of the Father, Son, and Spirit
- Recognize and reject the darkness of the lie
- View yourself in His amazing light and see the truth
- Accept you true identity and enjoy the fellowship of the great dance
The Book’s Message
There is something grand and wonderful running through the scenes of our lives. We are part of something magnificent like an invisible flowing river. We are part of a great dance. “The central passion of the human heart is to be filled with the great dance, and the chief and maddening riddle of human life is to understand what the dance is and how to live in it.”
Do we find it in religion? We frequently observe that many devoted “religious types” know a lot about the Bible. They talk a lot about God, but they are as joyful and interesting as fence posts.
Their life witness seems to imply that we must make a choice between God and life, between God and joy, between God and the great dance. Tragically
they have missed the point.
The truth is: God is not abstract. The Trinity is not three “religious types” sitting around in some room in heaven. The Trinity is life shared~ life that is full, rich, and beautiful. The invisible flowing river begins in the fellowship of the Trinity. The great dance is the life shared by the Father, Son, and Spirit~a great dance in
which we can choose to participate.
Five Main Points
- Logic of the Universe
- Why Jesus Came and What He Accomplished
- The Darkness and How the Dance is Distorted
- Faith and the Release of the Dance
- How We See Ourselves and Who We Really Are
Baxter Kruger is a theologian, author, and founder of Perichoresis Ministries, a ministry dedicated to spreading the news of the gospel in the light of the Trinity. A native of Prentiss, Mississippi, Kruger earned a BA from the University of Mississippi, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Kings College, University of Aberdeen. He has worked as a minister to college students, as a lecturer in theology at the University of Aberdeen, and as an associate pastor. Today he teaches and preaches around the USA and abroad.
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